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Cape2Cape Crossing 2016-7 Paddlers Make History

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DotVision Cape2Cape

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Cape2Cape Virginia crossing 2016 presented by JMCM Channels and Solace SUP Boards kicked off on September 17th. The event paid out a total of $5,000 to first place winners in their category and offering up a unique challenging elite paddle race. This was the first year of the completed crossing at the Chesapeake’s mouth from Cape Charles, VA to Cape Henry, VA near the Virginia Beach area and the 23 mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Categories that were accepted were OC-1, OC-2, Unlimited SUP, 14’ SUP Stock, 12.6” SUP Stock, Unlimited Prone, Prone Stock and Surfski.

The race was set to be capped at 50 paddlers for safety and ended up having 11 entries with 7 actually competing which was perfect for us to manage as a soft opening for a race of this caliber of challenges and for the racers as 5 out of the 7 paddlers received a $1,000 check! I think anyone who completes a 14 mile journey should receive a check :) BIG congrats to all the competitors who came out and completed this physical and mental challenge!


The actual race course mapped out was 14.5 miles from course director, Frank Lundy, who has made the crossing many times on his prone unlimited. Safety was priority number one and event creator/race director, Jay Carrillo of JMCM Channels, pulled off a top notch event with 8 safety boats with experienced captains, 8 of the best local lifeguards and a safety plan to box in all racers during the crossing and pausing all paddlers if needed if any USA Navy cruisers or huge shipping tankers were to pass in the two major shipping channels that were being crossed. GPS tagging of all boats and each paddler helped with the safety during this process.

DotMotion GPS

DotMotion GPS for each rider

I was brought on as a lead sponsor with Solace SUP Boards and contributed as an assistant race director/advisor. It was pretty amazing watching and participating with the 8 month long permit approval that Jay persistently hammered with a handful of knowledgeable advisors. The exciting thing is Cape2Cape Virginia is written into law so no more time has to be spent on government “red tape” and future participates can pencil in this race and plan training for something of this level and enjoy the stoke! I have a feeling that 50 spots will fill up fast for this event in 2017.


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Starting line at Sunset Beach at the The JackSpot in Cape Charles, VA

The race started from sunset beach in Cape Charles, VA and headed south under the bridge and then a slight turn heading SW with a straight shot to First State Landing Park beach on Cape Henry near the Virginia Beach side. Conditions were perfect with a little bit of wind from the east and swells were manageable at just 1 to 3 ft. at the beginning of the race. Paddlers had some wind at their back but still had to battle some gnarly currents making their first turn under the bridge around fisherman’s island and in the open water passing through two major shipping channels used by the Navy and huge shipping tankers. A couple paddlers mentioned a pod of dolphins hanging with them as they were trekking along. Check out just some of the awesome pictures from Douglas James Studio below. Visit his full gallery here.

Prone Cape2Cape

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Jonny prone

I was personally on the beach at the Jack spot restaurant/bar manning the Solace SUP tent for registration and the pre-race meeting at the start of the race. Theo, from Dot Vision Motion, was part of the team coming all the way over from Lyon, France setting us up with their state of the art GPS tracking software. Each paddler, safety boat and starting line buoys and finish line buoys were equipped with a Dotvision Motion GPS system. This provided safety and a trackable course screen via your smart phone or your desktop to follow the exact position and speed of your favorite paddler. These are the same guys they use for the most prestigious race, Molokai, in Hawaii. Crazy how technology can be used! You can watch the replay here.

DotVision Motion Replay

Making my way over to First Landing State Park Beach was about a 35 minute ride by car from Sunset Beach to meet the racers coming in to the finish line. This spot was pretty neat as it had a maze of RV and camping spots that lead out to the beach. WRV surf was offering demos on the beach and Coyle Solar had there silent solar powered generator for power. This was the first SUP race I’ve seen using this type of generator and is a great idea. I hope to see this at more events.

Johnny Prone SUP


First Cape2Cape Crossing Group

Awards were held back at the starting line at Sunset beach in the Jack Spot reastaraunt/bar. Perfect spot to celebrate with friends and have a meal with some cocktails while right on the water watching the sunset. Both Sunset beach and First State Landing Beach are family and spectator friendly. I would definitely recommend putting this one on your calendar for 2017 and experience this unique race if your up for a challenge.

Cape Charles, VA


Congrats to all the participants as everyone finished! Big thanks to all our sponsors that helped make this event happen. Here are the results below:

Cape2Cape VA Results 2016



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Local paddler preps for 25mile Sea Paddle NYC Race

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The 10th anual 25 mile Sea Paddle NYC Race is kicking off on August 20th 2016. The event proceeds supports children with autism and the environment from the event. $30,000 in prize money is also up for grabs!

This event offers a killer scenic paddle course starting under the Brooklyn Bridge, traveling up the East River, into the Harlem River, then down the Hudson River and finally ending at the Chelsea Piers Marina.

Sea Paddle NYC has currently raised $130,00+ of there goal of $200,000. Wayne Best, of Ocean City, Maryland, will be competing in his second appearance at this race. He has been a top fundraiser for the event and wants to surpass his goal this year. Participants need to raise at least $1,000 to be able to race and anything above that pushes the ability to donate more to these good causes. Solace has landed support and donated one of our boards for him to take the 25 mile trek. If you would like to support the cause and Wayne for the 2016 Sea Paddle NYC Race, simply click on his link and donate today. Much stoke and good karma will come your way! :)

Check out his feature on WBOC's Delmarva life riding our Solace 14' Snook carbon race SUP model that he will be using in the upcoming event.

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Carolina CUP Recap 2016

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The Carolina CUP has been around for quite sometime now and is known as the largest East Coast stand up paddle board race event and the 2015 event marked it as the largest in the world. What!? Crazy. This is a fun event that you can bring the family and race, spectate, demo different equipment and take clinics from experts. What I like the most is meeting new people in the water sports community that bring good vibes and like to have a good time. We were lucky to score our vendor booth right next to Blue Point Brewing out of New York, which gave us easy access to beer :)

If you come to the event next year(we highly recommend to come out!) make sure you book your hotel early as they fill up quick and be prepared to pay for parking as any spots on the street are pay by the hour.

Of course, with all this action and expensive equipment hanging around, watch your belongings. We unfortunately had our trailer lock cut and two boards stolen late in the evening or early morning over the weekend. The police and event coordinators with the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club were great with spreading the word and looking out, so cheers and much love to our North Carolina friends. Fingers crossed our boards will be returned.

Check out this trailer courtesy of the Wrightsville Beach Paddle Club.

Congrats to all the competitors! There were three races.

3.5 mile Harbor Island

6.5 mile Money Island

13.2 mile Grave Yard (Ocean start and finish)

Top 3 SUP finishers in the 3.5 mile race:

SUP 12.6 Class

1. KENNEDY, KAREN 42:56.8 4

2. MARKEL, JUSTIN 43:29.1

3. HOGAN, DANA 44:15

SUP 14 Class

1. PHILLIPS, STEVE 38:26.6

2. BURNET, ALEX 42:13.5

3. ACKLAND, BRENT 42:49.9

Top 3 SUP finishers in the 6.5 mile race:

SUP 12.6 Class

1. MARSTON, WILL 1:08:26.7

2. AVILA, RICARDO 1:08:42.1

3. HAIGIS, KEVIN 1:09:52.1

SUP 14 Class

1. SMITH, TIMOTHY 22:10.2

2. CURRY, CHRIS 1:02:02.5

3. RHODES, KEVIN 1:02:08.6

Top 3 finishers in the 13.2 mile race:

SUP 12.6 Class

1. ANDERSON, ANNABEL 2:17:07.7

2. APPLEBY, CANDICE 2:22:32.8

3. HOENSCHEID, SONNI 2:22:38.6

SUP 14 Class

1. TITOUAN, PUYO 2:04:49.3

2. GRANT, TRAVIS 2:05:11.7

3. CHING, DANNY 2:05:25.9

Bay Bridge Paddle

Come out and see us on our next stand up paddle event in Annapolis, Maryland at the Bay Bridge Paddle on May 14th 2016. Boards will be here for demo.



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